Finding the best yoga pants is as satisfying as falling asleep in Shavasana. Because whether you spend your mornings performing four or five Sun Salutations, or just need a pair to lounge in while watching the new season of You, the perfect yoga pant is a notoriously elusive closet essential.
You need leggings that won’t roll down your waist, aren’t too sheer, and don’t squeeze you like a stress ball. Plus, the technology involved in modern-day yoga pants is a far cry from the simple cotton ones of decades past—now there are moisture-wicking materials to keep the sweat at bay in a heated room and stretch fibers to keep your waistband from folding as you move through poses. Add in a million options for styles, cuts, and patterns and things can start feeling very un-zen.
So we went to the experts—real women who teach yoga—to find out what they actually wear when practicing…or running errands. From tried-and-true Lululemon leggings to new favorites from Carbon38 and some seriously comfy borrowed-from-the-boys sweats, check out their recommendations for the best yoga pants, below.
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